I tried to pick out some wedding photos that y'all haven't seen before (or haven't seen in a long time), so hopefully that wasn't too boring. :)
Three years of marriage to my best friend in the entire world! It feels like we've been married forever, and it also feels like our wedding was just yesterday. Weird how that works out. To be honest though, I'm happy to be done with Year 3 and moving on to Year 4. The first three years of our marriage will always be "the law school years," and we're both really, really glad to have them behind us. We've been really happy the last three years, but we've just felt like we were constantly running toward a finish line, and now we've finally made it! I think Year 4 is going to be amazing!
Here's a fun fact: this summer also marks TEN YEARS since Jeff and I met. That's a decade, y'all. Of course, little fourteen-year-old me had no idea that he'd one day become my husband, but still. Ten years. Gratuitous really old photos:
Those are the earliest photos of the two of us that I have (taken with my very first digital camera, a 3.1 megapixel giant block-shaped thing!). Brought to you courtesy of a high school band trip to Disneyworld.
Anyway, back to present day...
Jeff, thank you for being my husband. You'll forever be the best thing that ever happened to me and the biggest blessing in my life. There really is nothing better than falling in love with your best friend. Thank you for inspiring me to be the person you see in me, for getting me through law school, and for accepting all of my imperfections and loving me relentlessly anyway. I love you.
I pre-scheduled this post because I'm on Day 2 of taking the Bar exam today (assuming I didn't have a nervous breakdown on Day 1), so we're going to postpone our anniversary celebrations just a bit until we have the Bar exam behind us. And boy will we have a lot to celebrate then!
It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
In honor of Bar exam week (three days of exams starting tomorrow!), I'm sharing a delicious recipe that I never would have found if not for law school. That's right, this one comes from one of my law school friends, Leah, who runs a food blog called Food for the Fresh! This recipe magically uses all sorts of healthy stuff and still comes out tasting like a delicious fat-and-carbs-filled dessert. Whole wheat flour, applesauce instead of oil, two cups of zucchini in an 8x8 pan... Magic!
We've been doing so well with eating lots of veggies lately, and it's all because of how easy and delicious roasted vegetables are! I don't even like raw carrots at all, but I LOVE these roasted ones! I made them once while my brother-in-law was over, and he thought they were sweet potato fries! That's how delicious they are!
I've talked before about how I try to live a life filled with joy. But I'm only human, so sometimes I end up complaining or having a rough day or just being frustrated with various things instead. I think we all do that sometimes. So I made myself a crafty little reminder to hang above my desk and cheer me up when I'm having one of those rough days (and to look pretty on all the good days too!).
This banner is a quick-and-simple DIY project, and you can personalize the letters (and/or number of panels) to say whatever you want!
Here's everything you need to have a cute little banner of your own:
Three small pieces of fabric
Stitch Witchery, or some other iron-on hem tape
Step One: Print out the letters you want to use at the right size, and cut them out.
Step Two: Trace the letters onto the back of your fabric pieces, and cut the fabric out.
Step Three: Cut out three banner pieces out of burlap. I just eyeballed this on the first one and then cut the next two to match. First cut a rectangle, then notch a triangle out of the bottom. Fold over the top inch and iron it down (a hair straightener works GREAT for this!).
Step Four: Use craft glue to affix the fabric letters onto the burlap pieces.
I like Sobo.
Step Five: This is the only semi-challenging part. Put the twine through the folded flap and slide it up as close to the fold as possible. Then place the Stitch Witchery at the bottom of the flap and iron it down (this is also super easy with a hair straightener)!
First of all... guess what Jeff and I are doing tonight?! We're renewing our vows! Our church is hosting an event for all the married couples and we're all going to renew our vows and it's my one-and-only Bar studying break for the week and it's going to be amazing. We're both a little older and wiser now than we were on our wedding day, and we've come to appreciate our relationship and its sacramental significance and our role in leading each other to God more and more throughout the time we've been married, so it'll be kind of amazing to renew those vows with (almost) three years of growth (spiritually, emotionally, and otherwise-ly) behind us.
Second of all, let's chat about green beans, shall we? (I tried to think of some witty segue between vow renewal and green beans, but I've got nothing.)
Ohhh my, these are so tasty! I could eat a bowl of them for lunch. Any recipe that makes you feel that way about green vegetables is a good recipe indeed!
Jeff and I are big fans of this recipe. It's pretty simple to throw together (as long you remember that it needs to marinate for a while), and salmon is pretty healthy, and it tastes good too! My photos for this didn't come out great (I think they got left on the grill a teensy bit too long), but since it's a recipe we use over and over again (rare for an avid new-recipe-tryer like me), I figured it was worth sharing!
1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved.
3. Place fillets in a large Ziploc bag with the soy sauce mixture, seal, and flip bag over a few times to coat all sides of the fillets. Refrigerate for 2+ hours (I usually just prepare mine in the morning and leave it in the fridge for dinner).
4. Preheat grill to medium heat. Place salmon fillets on the grill (discard the residual marinade). Grill for 6-8 minutes per side, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.
[Note: We're heading into Bar Exam crunch time, so posting will probably be a little light for the next couple of weeks. Bear with me!]
I had kind of forgotten about the awesomeness of couscous until this recipe popped up on my Pinterest. I don't normally cook much with lime either, so this recipe was a bit out of the box for us, but we loved it! It came out perfectly, and the lime mixed with the flavor of the cilantro and chili pepper flakes was really just lovely!